Retreat Dates & Location
Travel Information
Tuition, Room and Board
Retreat Activities
Continuing Education
2022 Retreat Photos
Comments from Mindfulness/Yoga Part of 2022 Retreat


This is a retreat for all helping professionals to experience connection and co-regulation with one another through yoga, awareness, self-inquiry, and much-needed self-care for self-repair. You will also learn about non-duality and experience the exquisite “one-ness” of it all. 

All levels of experience with yoga and meditation are welcome! Modifications and choices will be present in various styles of trauma-informed yoga geared towards increasing connection to the wisdom of the body (interoception) and the quieting of the mind. Learn yoga and breath practices to return to your window of tolerance, recharge, and connect on a deeper level with self, life, and others. Practice savoring the art of stillness, a requisite for going inwards to find the gold within. 

Each day begins with morning yoga & meditation to set the tone of the day. Classes are led by your hosts and yoga teachers Tricia & Mark. Each day is punctuated with a sunset-sound journey to relax into the evening. In between, there will be opportunities for group and individual hikes, ample time in nature, and exploring the grounds and trails around Ghost Ranch’s spectacular surrounding mesas and national forests. Enjoy the outdoors, connecting with nature, reflecting, and journaling. 

Even before you leave, you’ll feel refreshed, renewed, and re-energized! Take home the knowledge and novel skill sets to create an enhanced connection with your Self, your purpose, and your clients. By the end, you will have the experience to integrate these powerful practices into your daily life to create more balance and capacity for your purpose and passions. 

  • Counselors & Mental Health Professionals
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • First Responders
  • Medical Professionals
  • Yoga Teachers and Students
  • Massage and  Body Therapists
  • Teachers

Continuing Education Information:

14 continuing education credits are earned for Texas LPC, LMSW &LCSW, & MFT and are included in the tuition. (The certificate of completion serves as your documentation for your state CE credit, if your state does not require pre-approval.) Partial credit is not given.

Registration Process

Select a “Registration” link to go to the shopping cart to pay your tuition and then select from the options of your room occupancy and meal plan. At that time you can indicate if you want a single occupancy room or double occupancy room with your own selected roommate (partner or friend).

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Location, Dates, and Times

Location: Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM map

Dates: Summer, 2024 – (June 09 – 14, 2024)

The retreat begins on Sunday, June 9th, with arrivals beginning at 3:00 pm, dinner is from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and the first meeting is from 7:00 until 8:30 pm.

Meeting times are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesday is an open day, and Friday is 9:00 am until Noon. The retreat ends after lunch on Friday, June 14th, at 1:00 pm.

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Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat Presenters

Tricia Gagnon LPC-S is an EMDR Consultant and 200 RYT Yoga & Meditation Teacher. Tricia is a psychotherapist in private practice with over 20 years experience in trauma, anxiety, and codependency recovery. Tricia enjoys teaching helping professionals how to be mindfully attuned to themselves- so they can do the caring & intense work they love, without compassion fatigue. She teaches how mindfulness, yoga & awareness can be helpful to expand our window of tolerance, build resiliency, and recover from first hand and vicarious trauma.


Mark LoPalo is a 200RYT Yoga & Meditation teacher. Using yoga to relax the body and tame the mind, Mark helps clients in classes, workshops, and retreats to reach deeper states of mindful awareness. Mark works with private and corporate clients in equine assisted coaching and is also certified in NLP, Hypnosis & Reiki. All these different modalities allow Mark to guide people to find their own rhythm, and to experience their lives without limitations.


Jordan Shafer, MS, LPC is an EMDR Therapist, Trainer and Consultant. Jordan has a strong interest non-duality, as based in Advaita Vedanta – an ancient wisdom philosophy. We will be drawing from these teachings for his portion of the workshop. This year our focus will be on meditating with the body. This teaching comes from the Vajrayana tradition as taught Dr. Reggie Ray of Dharma Ocean. This form of meditation gives us the experience of going deeper into our bodies, connecting with the energy of the earth and drawing from the wisdom of the soma.

Intended Audience: This retreat is for all Mental Health Professionals, Allied Medical Professionals, Yoga Teachers, and Yoga Students.  People interested in Yoga and Meditation, all levels are welcome.

Non-workshop attending partners: Partners of registered workshop attendees are encouraged to attend the retreat, as well.  They will be welcome to join in the meals, meditations, and all extracurricular group activities.

Days and Times:  This is a week-long workshop with arrival time beginning at 3:00 pm (dinner is 5:30 to 6:30) on Sunday, June 9, 2024, and ending on Friday, June 14th, after lunch at 1:00 pm.  See the full schedule below.

Location:  Ghost Ranch Retreat and Education Center near Abiquiu, NM.  (The nearest airports are Albuquerque and Sante Fe.)

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Tuition & Payment Information:

Early Bird Discount Rate for tuition of $995.00 is good through May 05, 2024, after which the tuition is $1095.00.

Room and Board: When you register you can select your room for a 5-night stay. All rooms are either single or double occupancy with a private bath.

The room rate listed is the same for single or double occupancy, with price differences for location – Mesa or Main levels – and semi or private bath.

If you wish to find a roommate, you will need to make your accommodations. You can also find other attendees on our Facebook Group for Ghost Ranch Retreats. 

Meals:  For the retreat, there are 15 meals, Sunday evening through Friday lunch. The food is good to very good “camp” food – natural and healthy.

Breakdown of Retreat Expenses

Retreat ExpensesEarly RateDescriptionNotes
Tuition $995 This includes the lecuture and practicum portions of the retreat.After May 6, 2024, $1095
Room Cost $925 - 5 nights.Mesa level - private bath, single or double occupancyAfter May 6, the room block will be released and you will book directly with Ghost Ranch.
Room Cost$925 - 5 nights.Main (lower) level - private bath, single or double occupancy.After May 6, the room block will be released and you will book directly with Ghost Ranch.
Non-attending Partner$250This is for partners who will not be attending the workshop portions (10:00 am to 4 pm) portions of the retreat.Attendance at the sunrise and 9:00 am morning yoga, group hike, sound journeys, and evening meditations is included.
Meals$210 This includes 15 meals, Sunday evening through lunch Friday.
Yoga Mat$25 Yoga mats are a necessity for this retreat. Bringing your own is an option. Yoga mats are used for the Yoga asana, meditations and the sound journeys.
Airport Shuttle$149Shuttle roundtrip from Albuquerque and/or Santa Fe airports and motels.See the schedule to coordinate air travel arrival and departure times. Ghost Ranch is in a remote area and public transportation to and from the ranch is not available.

Travel Information 

Travel Information: (map)  Attendees can fly into Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ) or the Sante Fe Regional Airport. Sante Fe is closer to the ranch but, flights may be more expensive with fewer options.

Shuttle – We have a shuttle available that you can sign up for when you register. The cost for the shuttle is $95.00 round trip.

On Sunday, June 9th, 2024, the shuttle will leave Albuquerque Airport promptly at 1:00 pm to pick up. From there it will go to the Santa Fe Airport to pick up by 2:00 pm and from there go to the ranch. The shuttle will arrive at Ghost Ranch by 4:30 or 5:00 pm in time for supper.

On Friday, June 14th, 2024, the return shuttle will leave the ranch at 12:30 pm. It is scheduled to arrive at Santa Fe airport by 2:30 pm and is scheduled to arrive at ABQ by 4:00 pm. Therefore, to give yourself enough time, return flights should be scheduled to leave no earlier than 3:30 pm at Santa Fe, and 5 pm at ABQ.

  • You can mix or match where you picked up or dropped off.
  • Be sure to double-check your flight arrival and departure times according to the above schedule.
  • Sometimes, the best option is to spend the night in Sante Fe or Albuquerque and take a flight out the next morning. The shuttle will drop you at a motel if that is what you choose to do.
  • The shuttle can pick up and drop off at motels along the route in and around Albuquerque and Sante Fe.


Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat Curriculum

Learning Objectives

*Identify mindfulness based practices to apply in their daily life, in and out of work.
*Recognize the relationship between coregulation and connection with research and practices to integrate in daily life and with clients.
*Identify and explain the relationship between mindfulness, yoga, and awareness in stress reduction, stabilization, recharging, compassion, connection and coregulation.
*Select which mindfulness practices to integrate for their clients to be able to manage affect and have increased distress tolerance & more resilience.
*Select and identify how to use breath to alter states of the nervous system.
*Apply how to use breath and visualization techniques to increase heart rate variability & coherence.
*Recognize the ability to use the mind as a tool with meditation.
*Distinguish between using sound & breath as ways of creating mental states to increase creativity to enhance decision making.
*Distinguish the effects of our nervous system on our perceptions of people and the world around us.

Intentions for this Retreat

During the retreat you will get to experience connection through Mindfulness, Yoga & Awareness
and leave the retreat with new tools that will allow you to:

* Experience Mindfulness as part of your daily life and create a mindful meditation practice
* Yoga as a “work-in”, rather than a “work-out” 
* Experience yogic practices to heal the nervous system
* Begin to understand the path of non duality
* Create a deeper connection to the authentic you
* Experience reality as it is-not through our lens of perception
* Begin to understand the nature of the mind and the body and use them as tools in your life to create a deeper clarity
* Connect to the power of sound and vibration as a way of achieving a deep meditative state 
Yoga, Meditation and Sound Journey

Experience sound as a guide to meditation throughout the retreat. In the evenings join us for a  powerful Sound Journey & Meditation with 4 unique gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, and chimes. This will be a sacred space created to deepen your meditation practice, release burdens and connect with the deeper intentions of your soul. On Wednesday, we will have a cacao ceremony beforehand to super charge our heart, so it guides the way bringing expanded awareness, recognition of blocks, limiting beliefs, and renewed connection to our purpose. 

These sound journey’s are like a luxurious “bubble bath” for your nervous system. At the very least you will typically feel relaxed and renewed afterwards. The gongs entrain the brain into the insightful and relaxing delta and theta brain waves. This leads to whole brain coherence. They are skillfully led by your hosts, Gong Masters Mark LoPalo & Tricia Gagnon. Check them out on IG @inwardandupward_coaching @tricia_yogitherapist

Jordan Meditation and Non-dual Teachings

During the retreat, we'll introduce the teachings on 'Mindfulness' and 'Oneness', and explain the difference between them. We'll do meditations that move from Mindfulness to going beyond the mind, to Oneness or Non-dual wisdom. The connection between Yoga, Mindfulness and Oneness and how to integrate them into your meditation/yoga practice will be broached, as well.

Retreat Activities

Arrival3:00 - 7:00 pm on SundayEvent Days and Times: Attendees will arrive on Sunday afternoon and evening in time for dinner (5:30 – 6:30) and for the Sunday evening meeting at 7:00 pm, which will be a welcoming-orientation and meditation. Shuttle pickup at ABQ is 1:00 pm.
Sunrise Yoga and Meditation7:00 am - 7:30 - DailyThis meditation session is optional for those who wish to attend.
Morning Yoga9:00 am - 10 am - DailyGentle yoga teaching
The Teachings10:00 am to 12:00 pm - MTTh & Friday morningYoga, teaching, meditation & discussion led by Tricia and Mark. This will be practicing both Yoga & meditation and ways to practice self-care.
Lunch12:00 to 1:30 - DailyLunch with time for writing, walking and meditation.
The Teachings1:30 to 2:45 - MT&ThJordan teaching Somantic Descent Meditation.
The Teachings3:00 to 4:00 pm MT&ThTricia and Mark with Yoga and Meditation
Ghost RanchEvenings Evenings after dinner, and Wednesday will be an open for participants to spend time doing activities that are available on the ranch. These activities include horseback riding, hiking, swimming, or just relaxing.
Ghost Ranch Wednesday Silent Hike and Yoga Meditation - This is optional for anyone who wants to join us.
Ojo Sante FeWednesdayOptional day trip to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa (Spa attendance charge is not included in the tuition and is paid by the attendee at the spa). Shuttle transportation to the spa will be provided on a first come, first served basis.
Gong meditation7:00 - 8:00 pm - MT&WYoga, gongs and mindfulness meditation with Tricia and Mark
Sunrise YogaSunrise - Thursday Morning OnlyYoga - Tricia and Mark
Summer Camp Fire and Sharing CircleThursday evening, 7:30 to 9:00This is a time to share your own interests and talents, to include poetry, readings, and singing.
Departure12:30 pm - FridayThe retreat ends on Friday after lunch. For those taking the shuttle, you can leave your suitcase outside you cabin door, so it'll be ready for shuttle pickup at 12:15 or 12:30.

Cancellation/Refund Policy is as follows:

Tuition and Shuttle: Refundable less $75.00 admin fee up to 14 days (2 weeks) before the retreat date. In 13 days or less, no refund is given.

Room & Meals: Room and Meals rate less than 25% of the full charge is refundable 32 days before the retreat date. 31 days or less, no refund is given.

Grievance Policy is as follows:

All grievances must be in writing to Ariel Shafer and will be replied to within 5 – 10 business days. This workshop is held in facilities that comply with the Americans Disabilities Act. Please contact Jordan Shafer if special accommodation is required.

Continuing Education Information:

14 continuing education credits are earned for Texas LPC, LMSW, LCSW, and MFT. They are included in the tuition. (The certificate of completion serves as your documentation for your state CE credit, if your state does not require pre-approval.)